May Day

may-pole-daisies-600kbContinuing with the theme of scents in the natural world, it feels right that this should be linked, where possible, with natural seasons and cycles. In our contemporary world, it might seem that our day-to-day lives are less connected with these natural cycles than they were in days gone by, when seasonal celebrations marked the year. May Day, the 1st of May, is just one example. It is a celebration of the coming of summer, and falls exactly six months on from Samhain, now marked as Continue reading

Meadows and Hedgerows

imagesGoing back to my first blog, we explored ‘peak experiences’ in the natural world; the times when any boundaries between you, the observer, and the environment, or what you are observing, become blurred or disappear altogether, and a sense of wellbeing is experienced. Since then, we have looked at some of the scents of the natural world – the forests and woods, and the seashore. This time we will consider the beautiful fragrances of the hayfields, pastures and hedgerows. These scents are often described as ‘agrestic’, meaning that they are reminiscent of the countryside.

One of the most popular and pleasing fragrances is Continue reading

How Scent Eases Cold and Flu Symptoms

Lavendar flower

Lavendar flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday night, it hit.  That scratchy lump feeling in the back of my throat.  Tiredness, achy muscles.  Was it a case of the Mondays coming a day early?  No, I knew that feeling.  I spend most of my weekdays with 24 nine year olds.  So, it was not my first cold of the season, nor would it be my last.  But, now I have the drill down.   I’m a firm believer in using scents to combat colds and flus.

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On the Beach – Part 2

ambergrisIn my last blog post, we explored the types of smells associated with the seashore. However, there is one other important aromatic found, very occasionally, on the beach – ambergris. The name translates as ‘grey amber’ which gives a clue to its appearance. Ambergris can be found washed up on the shores of New Zealand, Australia and the Indian Ocean, and it has long held an important place in perfumery, as a medicine, aphrodisiac and incense. Originally it was thought to be bird excrement, or congealed gum or bitumen, or even a Continue reading

Jasmine as strong as valiums?

96I was doing some research on the scent of jasmine and I came upon some very interesting information which may amuse you. A laboratory test on mice has found Continue reading

Scents-able Diets

DietIt is a common fact that our ability to taste is disproportionately based on our ability to smell. Seventy-five percent of what we eat is enjoyable in flavor due in part by our personal preferences molded by the strength of our olfactory. Using this knowledge, we can employ the senses all around us to either stimulate or prevent the desire to eat. If you struggle with adapting a new diet, cannot shed however many pounds, or need to put on a healthier weight, the problem can be remedied in more ways than ordinarily considered. Scents are powerful tools to assist Continue reading

“Smell” your headache off!

Photo Credit office headache image by John Keith from Fotolia.com

Photo Credit office headache image by John Keith from Fotolia.com

You know that annoying feeling when your head hurts and you feel you can’t think or do anything? Of course you do.

Aromatherapy can be very useful when it comes to natural methods to cure headaches and helps reducing the use of drugs. Livestrong.com specifically said that “essential oils can be used to treat almost any ailment whether physical or emotional”, so Continue reading

Scent and Your Health

Patients waiting at the clinic. PARAGUAY.

Patients waiting at the clinic. PARAGUAY. (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)

Many health care professionals have successfully combined scent with patients treatments.  Scent can be used to uplift patients emotions, calm patients pre and post surgery, and even diagnose certain disease.  However, some health care building smell strongly of disinfectant and other overpowering smells.  We ask them to consider how these studies could have an impact in their profession.